Supporting participation of Uganda in the International Mathematical Olympiads

IMO team Uganda


At a glance:
  • Total donations until May 29, 2019: $7914, wired and received by the Uganda Mathematical Society.
  • 10 interactive lessons (3 hours each) online through videoconferencing between March - May 2019, given by former olympiad participants from Romania.
  • Period: January-July 2019.
    Project (in Romanian)
    Statement: I believe that mathematical education is the key to success in the 21st century, for the developed as well as for the poorest countries of the world. As a Romanian student in the 1990's, I benefited myself from scholarships from richer countries. They greatly facilitated my education. I wish that the excellent students of today's poor countries get the same type of help I got at their age, encouraging them to pursue a career in mathematics.
    Goal: I want to strengthen participation in the International Mathematical Olympiad for teams from developing sub-Saharan African countries like Uganda. The IMO is the leading international math competition for high-school students, taking place annually since 1959. To get an idea about what it is like for a student to qualify for the IMO but not be able to make the trip, read here.
    News about the Uganda team preparing for the 2019 IMO.
    Training lessons:
  • March 1, 2019: A first training session via tele-conferencing was offered by Dragos Manea: introduction to combinatorics - arrangements, permutations, combinations.
  • March 6, 2019: I have animated a training session to evaluate their overall level. There was a power outage in Makerere University, so I could not receive any video stream from them, they were on audio only.
  • March 12, 2019: Again myself, on: the irrationality of \sqrt{2}; the functional equation f(x+y) = f(x)+f(y); some geometry (this seem to be the strong point). Their audio was not that good, unfortunately. The students rated our audio communication 9/10 and the blackboard image 6/10.
  • March 15, 2019: Lucian Țurea gave an introductory lesson on number theory: existence of the modular inverse of a number a modulo n if (a,n)=1.
  • March 18, 2019: Sergiu Moroianu III. We reviewed elementary properties of the circle and inscriptible quadrilaterals.
  • March 20, 2019: Radu Bumbăcea. Combinatorics.
  • May 3, 2019: Sergiu Moroianu IV: the Euler line; a proof of Thales using areas; sequances defined by reccurence relations (Fibonacci); a problem with ants falling from the sky on a rod.
  • May 20, 2019: Radu Bumbăcea II: Problems with reccursion and induction.
  • May 24, 2019: Radu Bumbăcea III: Reccursion and induction.
  • May 28, 2019: Liviu Păunescu: The pigeonhole principle - theory and examples.
  • May 29, 2019: Radu Bumbăcea IV: More induction and reccursion. This was Radu's final lesson, as he is about to leave for a summer math camp in the USA. Thanks a lot Radu for your generosity!
  • June 7, 2019: Sergiu Moroianu V: Finished the problem with ants falling from the sky. Tournament problems (pigeonhole principle). Fun problems.
  • June 12, 2019: Sergiu Moroianu VI: Problem with moves of a colored polygon. A diophantine equation with prime unknowns. Geometry.
  • Scheduled on June 14, 2019: Flavian Georgescu.
  • Private donations: To protect your privacy while keeping the donation process transparent, I will mention your first name and last name initial.
  • On April 20 I have wired $3868 to the Uganda Math Society. They received it on April 25, 2019.
  • On May 20 I have wired $646 to the Uganda Math Society.
  • Thanks a lot for your donation!
    Institutional donations:
  • On April 20 the SSMR has wired $3400 to the Uganda Math Society, from a generous sponsorship of Frame Film. They received it on March 19, 2019.
  • Your company may support Uganda's participation in the IMO by sponsoring the SSMR (Societatea de Stiinte Matematice din Romania). The SSMR has pledged to support its counterpart, the Uganda Mathematical Society, the organizer of math olympiads in Uganda, by awarding them a grant from the proceeds of sponsorships or donations specifically intended for the mathUganda project. Here is an article in the Uganda press about the SSMR-UMS cooperation.
    Various grant applications:
  • I applied for a contribution from the Skyhook Foundation.
  • I had submitted an application with Elsevier for a Philanthropy grant aimed at supporting activities to advance mathematical sciences in developing nations. The application was rejected on 06.03.19.

  • Contact: Sergiu Moroianu. Please Email Me for further details if you want to join this effort.

    Company Date Amount donated
    Frame Film 27.02.2019 14500 lei
    Name Date Amount donated
    Sergiu M. 27.01.2019 100 euro
    Raluca C. 29.01.2019 10 euro
    Lucretia M. 29.01.2019 5 euro
    Luminita S. 29.01.2019 500 lei
    Dan T. 07.02.2019 500 lei
    Marius B. 09.02.2019 50 euro
    Ovidiu S. 11.02.2019 10 euro
    Tudor M. 11.02.2019 100 euro
    Andrei U. 11.02.2019 25.63 euro
    Bogdan I. 12.02.2019 100 lei
    Mihai C. 13.02.2019 300 lei
    Mirela B. 13.02.2019 200 lei
    Liviu O. 13.02.2019 25 euro
    Andreea G. 14.02.2019 15 euro
    Iulian C. 14.02.2019 15 euro
    Liviu M. 14.02.2019 500 lei
    Lucian B. 14.02.2019 200 lei
    Anne-Marie I. 15.02.2019 300 lei
    Dorin P. 15.02.2019 100 lei
    anonim 18.02.2019 300 lei
    Wladimir B. 18.02.2019 200 lei
    Ovidiu P. 18.02.2019 100 lei
    Vasile B. 19.02.2019 100 dolari
    anonim 19.02.2019 200 lei
    Cezar J. 20.02.2019 200 lei
    Razvan D. 20.02.2019 200 lei
    Andrei R. 22.02.2019 20 lei
    Radu R. 22.02.2019 501 lei
    Cristian A. 22.02.2019 600 lei
    Theodor M. 23.02.2019 100 euro
    Cleopatra M. 24.02.2019 100 lei
    Georgiana A. 25.02.2019 50 lei
    Miruna B. 25.02.2019 300 lei
    Sebastian P. 25.02.2019 10 euro
    Liana D. 26.02.2019 50 lei
    Constantin T. 26.02.2019 100 lei
    Adrien B. 27.02.2019 50 euro
    Geoff S. 28.02.2019 55,39 euro
    Sorin D. 01.03.2019 200 lei
    Marian A. 01.03.2019 100 lei
    Alex G. 01.03.2019 100 euro
    Claudiu R. 02.03.2019 100 euro
    Radu P. 05.03.2019 200 lei
    Bogdan P. 06.03.2019 16,78 euro
    Corina C. 06.03.2019 104,06 euro
    Ioan M. 06.03.2019 50 euro
    Iulia B. 06.03.2019 10 lei
    Ionut T. 07.03.2019 200 lei
    Alexandru S. 08.03.2019 171,28 euro
    George P. 11.03.2019 50 euro
    Daniel C. 11.03.2019 474 lei
    Simona D. 14.03.2019 250 lei
    anonim 15.03.2019 100 euro
    Rares S. 18.03.2019 100 lei
    Wladimir B. 20.03.2019 200 lei
    Radu B. 25.03.2019 100 lei
    Lucian T. 25.03.2019 300 lei
    Adriana E. 25.03.2019 300 lei
    Liria T. 26.03.2019 250 lei
    Gentiana D. 10.04.2019 100 euro
    Wladimir B. 16.04.2019 200 lei
    Dan I. 26.04.2019 10 euro
    Corina C. 28.04.2019 20 lei
    Mihnea M. 28.04.2019 10 lei
    Emma C. 05.05.2019 30 lei
    Mihnea M. 16.05.2019 20 lei
    Sergiu M. 20.05.2019 559 dolari
    Wladimir B. 16.05.2019 200 lei
    Marian A. 23.05.2019 50 lei
    Laurentiu M. 13.06.2019 100 lei
    Adrian C. 13.06.2019 100 lei

    The French Connection: Brigitte Moroianu extended our project in France, raising additional private donations:
    Madeleine A. 21.03.2019 100 euro
    Etienne A. 25.03.2019 100 euro
    J-L. & M. A. 03.05.2019 50 euro


    modificat: 14 iunie 2019
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